Is SMU Looking to Hop Central?

People Newspaper’s Austin Kilgore has a good story about an expanding campus, an aggrieved bar owner, and a big real estate play. But perhaps the best part of the story is the quote from SMU-representing real estate broker Newt Walker:

“Everything we have done since I have been there has been above board, on the tables, open kimono.”

I hadn’t heard the phrase “open kimono” in a long time. Unrelated: I finally have an idea for a Halloween costume.

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12 responses to “Is SMU Looking to Hop Central?”

  1. Helen from Hurst says:

    I’d say Eric is more “open kimono” based on recent pictures and especially today’s shirt.

    On a related note, “open kimono” is a very 1950s and 1960s terminology. A more updated phrase would be “open burka.”

    Eric is also “open burka.”

  2. AnonymousLicensee says:

    No complaints yet 11 visits by the TABC in 2 years? That is a high visitation schedule.

    Would love to know if there are any other establishments (with no complaints) that have been visited as much as that.

  3. El Rey says:

    Talk about a buried lede: “it was not until this semester that the university began tracking the locations of off-campus fraternity parties.”

    Big Brother is watching you do those kegstands, bra…

  4. mm says:

    I joined the professional workforce in the late 80s, and that term was still much in force at that time. Probably, mostly, used by folks who started working in the 50s and 60s.

  5. Dave Thomas says:

    SMU has already placed a big illuminated logo on one of the buildings on the east side of Central. They had a stated goal years ago of expanding to Central and reorienting the campus entrance away from Mockingbird. The Bush Library bid helped them gain a lot of the land they wanted and the land on the east side is another part of the plan. Ultimately, they’re going to have to build some kind of bridge over the top of Central to make this work. They want DART to help, but that seems very unlikely to happen. I think they’re going to next look to do something like the plan to build a park over Woodall Rodgers as a way to extend across the highway. This school has a BIG vision of the future that few people have really grasped yet. I think the Bush Library thing has helped them realize part of the plan, but it’s also hampered other efforts. In the end, SMU is going to be several times bigger than it is today in both land size and enrollment.

  6. chandler says:

    So it probably took me too long to realize that the author of the article is named Austin Kilgore and now, we here at the office so late on a Friday, are trying to come up with other names for people that use two city names.

    Unfortunately, Seattle Walla Walla just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  7. m says:

    Newt is hot.

    IJS.

  8. Dallasite says:

    Sounds like a very paranoid bar owner.

  9. HP Lifer says:

    Anything Newt says brings to mind this book.

  10. Neal says:

    Too bad the link doesn’t work.

  11. Webb says:

    Sounds like HP Lifer has an envy problem

  12. Sky Masterson says:

    I prefer Kilgore Trout.